There are still numerous Turkish houses in Karaferye. The Turks lived in the higher places of the city and after the population exchange, many of the relocated Greek refugees were placed in some of these houses while others were left empty. The neighborhood’s narrow streets, lined on both sides with houses, present an interesting perspective. The courtyards, with their gardens and fountains, reflect the traditional Ottoman houses with their wide cornices, chimneys and distinctive windows. Most Karaferye houses were built with a wide external balcony called a “hagiat” and resemble those of Anatolia. The walled courtyards have the only opening to the outside and the lower floors, mainly used to house animals and for storage, do not have any windows. The living quarters were all on the upper floors. Karaferye has many dead end streets which led to the extension and integration of the houses into the streets. The eaves of the neighboring houses provide shade for the street and create an atmosphere similar to that around an Anatolian neighborhood (Akın, 2001, pp.76, 90).

Numerous photographs of the houses in Karaferye were taken after the exchange in 1928 by Aristotelis Zachos. These photographs show the inner parts of the houses which were left behind by the Turks and can be seen in great detail. Some of these show the Sabuncuoglu Mansion which collapsed in the 1970s and the Raktivan Mansion which collapsed in 1958 (Makedonia, Through the Lens of Aristotelis Zachos, 2007, pp.280- 307).

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